Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Backgrounder

Federal Priorities

Growing trade and expanding markets:
Canadian farmers and food processors export about half of their production by value. Improving market development and market access activities to address emerging needs of the sector, and of small and medium enterprises (SME), will help expand domestic and international markets and trading opportunities for the sector.

Innovative and sustainable growth of the sector:
Enhancing the competitiveness of the sector by advancing its science and innovation capacity, and adoption of innovative products and practices, with an emphasis on sustainable and clean growth. The Government will help support the resiliency and sustainability of the sector, helping farmers adapt to climate change, conserve water and soil resources, and grow their businesses to meet increasing global food demand sustainably.

Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector:
Strengthening the sector by better reflecting the diversity of our communities, enhancing collaboration across different jurisdictions, securing and supporting public trust in the sector, and improving client services.

Federal Programs

AgriMarketing - Aims to increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize market opportunities through industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food. The program is for national industry associations and small and medium-sized enterprises.

AgriCompetitiveness - Supports the markets and trade priority by assisting industry-led efforts to help the agriculture and agri-food sector leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, enhance safety, adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments, share best practices, and provide mentorship opportunities.

AgriScience - Designed to accelerate the pace of innovation by supporting pre-commercialization activities and investing in cutting-edge research to benefit the agricultural and agri-food sector. Within the Program there are two components: Clusters and Projects. Applications for the Clusters component are now being accepted. Industry groups interested in submitting an application are encouraged to call 613-759-1977 or email aip-pai@agr.gc.ca.

AgriInnovate - Will accelerate the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services. The program will support agribusinesses to get their innovations into the market, or to adopt leading edge technologies and processes.

AgriDiversity - Will strengthen the sector and build its capacity by helping diverse groups to take a greater leadership role, building the entrepreneurial capacity and business skills of under-represented groups, facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices and knowledge, help under-represented groups to manage transformation, and strengthen the sector by incorporating the views of a more diverse set of industry players.

AgriAssurance - Will enable industry to make meaningful and verifiable claims about the health and safety of Canadian agricultural products. It will also build industry capacity to increase public confidence in the food system, respond to market requirements and meet consumer demand. The program is for national industry associations and small and medium-sized enterprises.

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Contacts

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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Guy Gallant
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Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
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